Four Reasons to Include Boating in Your Spring Break Plans
Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, there’s one thing we can always count on. Spring break will give millions of college students a much needed respite from books, studying and exams. With more than fifty percent of college students planning trips to warm weather destinations, that respite usually comes in the form of lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun.
We are thoroughly in favor of those beachfront plans, but why limit yourself to the beach and boardwalk? Whether you’re headed to Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, the Bahamas or another exotic spring break destination, don’t miss out on the opportunity to include some form of boating in your spring break itinerary.
For the fun of it
First and foremost, the boating lifestyle is just plain fun. You can rent a boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and spend the day swimming, snorkeling or fishing with friends. Pack a picnic lunch, find a secluded beach and hang out for the day. If you go in on the rental or charter cost with friends, it becomes even more affordable for everybody.
Nothing compares to the thrill of zooming across the waves in a speed boat, skimming the surface on water-skis, reeling in trophy size game fish or soaring high in the sky on a parasailing trip. Feed your inner adrenaline junkie by stepping onto the deck of an aquatic adventure you’ll remember forever.
Relax and refresh
Sure you can lounge on the beach and soak up rays, but wouldn’t it be the ultimate in relaxation and stress relief to lie on the deck of a boat while soaking up those same rays? Standing at the helm with the wind blowing your hair is one of the best post exam experiences we can think of. Plan a sunset sail to wind down after the various activities of the day, and enjoy drinks and appetizers under the stars.
While we’re talking relaxation, consider booking a SUP lesson or a SUP yoga class to take with your whole group. Savasana and down dogs are at least five times more relaxing when done while floating on top of the water. There’s no need to worry about balance. Those boards are super wide. If you can stand up, you can SUP.
You knew we were going to throw some education in there, didn’t you? Have no fear, this isn’t your typical classroom lecture. Boating allows you to see marine animals, such as manatees, dolphins and turtles, in their natural habitats. Check out the city skyline and historic sites from the unique perspective of the water. If you’re into photography, this is a great opportunity to get some memorable shots.
The boat itself is also a great place to discover new interests and learn a thing or two. You might find out you have a knack for hoisting sails, tossing out anchors and docking with precision.